Teens and Alcohol – Dangers of Youth Drinking While Young
Based on various health boards, the age between 18 to 25 are considered the time of significant change. It is the time that teenagers feel they are free to decide on things and they get to spread their wings widely and be independent. These are indeed very exciting years, but it is also the years that invites too risky situations that many teens regret later. One of these decisions is the use of alcohol. The highest prevalence when it comes to problem drinking happens among the young adults aged between 18 and 25, and almost 42 percent of them admit that they have been binge drinking for at least one time per month.
Many adults think that the typical times that the youth tend to drink excessively is when they are in college – the setting that mainstream media always emphasize. However, recent studies on health for teens show that heavy drinking is even widespread among all the young adults. It doesn’t matter whether they are attending college or not. According to reports, college students don’t drink that much compared to non-students. However, when they do drink, especially at parties, they usually drink more than they can handle.
There are a lot of reasons as to why drinking is dangerous among the young teens. Some of the reasons, as they are prominent in teen health boards discussions are:
- Major factor for mobile crashes. There are about one-third of the drivers that are aged between 21 and 24 that died in car crashes in the year 2004 because of the high blood alcohol level.
- Drinking can have lasting effects to their health. Many researchers think that drinking a lot in this age, at the time that the brain is still developing, can have lasting impairments with the functions of the brain such as coordination, memory and with motor skills. At least, this is only among the susceptible individuals.
- It can lead to rape and sexual assaults. Every year, about 97,000 students from ages 18 to 24 are recorded to be victims of date rape or sexual assaults with the influence of alcohol.